Tragedy Plus Time: Calgary Comedian Uncle Hack

In this insightful interview, we sit down with rising comedian Uncle Hack, known for his outrageous humour and quick wit. Drawing inspiration from his colourful family and a background of playful banter from the hockey rink bench, Uncle Hack’s comedy style is anything but ordinary. With influences like Brandon Dicamillo and modern favourites such as Nick Mullen and Shane Gillis, he brings a unique flavour to the comedy scene.

Uncle Hack

How would you describe your comedy style?

Just a moron trying to get away with saying outrageous things for laughter. I’m not trying to make this a philosophical moment of learning lessons, I like saying stupid funny shit. After many years of sitting on a bench in a hockey rink due to lack of skill, you learn to contribute in different ways: running the lips from the bench.

That would describe my style.

Who are some of your influences?

I’d say both of my grandpas, they are hilarious in their own ways. One of them decided in 2006 that bringing a prostitute to Thanksgiving dinner was a brilliant idea and every day it gets funnier to me. The other was sarcastic as hell so you learnt to be quick-witted at an early age with him.

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

Brandon Dicamillo, easily the funniest guy from the CKY crew. I went back and rewatched CKY2K and it still had me in stitches.

Who is your favourite comedian now?

The greatest Chinese comic of all time is Nick Mullen and the young bull Shane Gillis.

What is your pre-show ritual?

Get some nicotine into the system and get a scan of the room from where the air strikes are coming from the stage. Watch some wrasslin’ promos from the 90s by then it’s showtime folks.

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

The Comic Strip in Edmonton is my favourite spot to perform, it’s the home club and the first comedy club I got to do a set in. It’s one of those spots where I can feel good working out new material or just pop in to catch a show.

What is your favourite bit you have written and why were you proud of it?

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve written my favourite bit yet. There are some I enjoy telling simply cause of the reaction to the people in the room but I wouldn’t consider it my favourite. I’m still young in the game here so many more to be written before I get a favourite. We can chat in 9 years if I’m still bombing across the continent.

What is your favourite medium for listening or finding new comics/comedians?

In the clubs seeing the dawgs work, that’s the place to check out new comedy. I get that social media is the medium we all use to discover comedy but live in the flesh is the real McCoy.

Tell us a joke about your city.

I ain’t from the city, I’m from the DEEP south aka Taber, AB. I’m going to give the typical response from every comic who has done one of these and say “You’re just gonna have to see it live” *insert mocking laugh.

Do you have anything to promote right now?

Always, come catch me on tour. Danger Cats Comedy you might have seen us on your local news network. 🙂

Where can we follow you?

Website | Instagram | Youtube

PAY IT FORWARD: Who is another local comic/comedian we should know about?

Sam Walker or Gulliver Twist those two are my favourite comics in Canada.


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